Another Phantom 3 Model is launched the Phantom 3 – 4K

If three Phantom 3 Models to choose from weren’t enough now there is a fourth. Say hello to the Phantom 3 4K. At first the name is slightly confusing, does it get you the features of the Phantom 3 Professional? Is it better of worse than the Phantom 3 Advanced? Is it a better deal than the Phantom 3 Standard? These are the questions we will answer below:

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Link to Specs of the Phantom 3 – 4K

It looks to be a Phantom 3 Standard with the 4K Camera from the Phantom 3 Professional. There are a few big differences between the P3-4K (Phantom 3 4K) and the P3P (Phantom 3 Professional) and the P3Std (Phantom 3 Standard):

The P3-4K has following features compared to the P3P:

  • Same lens and sensor
  • Phantom 3 Advanced and Pro Remote Control housing (same as P3P but without some of the internals & USB Ports)
  • 1.200m range FCC (vs. 5.000m)
  • GPS Only (No GLONASS)
  • 5.8GHz frequency used for Remote Control (vs. 2.4GHz)
  • 2.4G WiFi Video Downlink (instead of Lightbridge HD)
  • 57w Battery Charger (vs 100w charger on Phantom 3 Pro)
  • 2Mbps Max Video Bitrate for FPV Stream (compared to 10Mbps on P3P due to Lightbridge)

The P3-4K features following over the Phantom 3 Standard:

  • 4K Camera with Sony Exmor R BSI sensor 12.4 effective MP (vs. Panasonic Smart FSI in P3 Std 12 effective MP)
    • UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30 (Bold = New to Phantom 3 4K)
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Threaded filter ring on camera lens for additional filter types such as ND Filters
  • Visual Positioning System (VPS) – Allows for position holding without GPS signal
  • Phantom 3 Advanced and Pro Remote Control housing with dedicated buttons and switches:
    • Video Recording Button
    • Shutter Button
    • Playback Button
    • Flight Mode Switch
    • Gimbal Dial
    • 2 Dedicated Customizable Buttons
  • SD 480P FPV Stream (not quite sure why it is not the same as P3 Std at HD 720P)
  • FCC rating has increased to 1200m (from 1000m on Std) CE stays at 500m

Pricing – $999 (Initially we found a price of $899)

For the estimated price the Phantom 3 4K is a decent choice for beginners that want more features than the Phantom 3 Standard has to offer. If 4K Video, Visual Position System or having a nicer Remote Control is important to you then you should choose the Phantom 3 4K over the Phantom 3 Standard. However, due to the $999 pricing we would pick the Phantom 3 Advanced for the same money.

 

 

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